Greenhouse Gardening Tips And Tricks For Beginners

Guest Post by Matt Jackson

Whether you’re new to the world of gardening or new to greenhouse gardening, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get a better understanding of it.

There are different benefits to gardening outside and gardening using a greenhouse, so we’ve created a guide which expands on the benefits and pitfalls of gardening outside compared to gardening with a greenhouse, as well as giving some tips to beginners.

Before you jump straight into buying a greenhouse, you need to make sure you do research, look after your greenhouse and make sure you’ve got everything you need to get the best results from your crops and plants.

Thermometers

A thermometer probably isn’t the first thing you think of buying when you get a greenhouse, but it is one of the most important things to have. You’ll need to keep a close eye on the temperature, knowing which are the cooler spots, areas that need more heat and what areas need cooling down. If you’re a beginner, we suggest you get a thermometer before you start planting.

Keep It Neat and Tidy

Having a place for everything is a great idea, putting your pots in certain places will keep things spacious and give you room to add extra crops so you can expand your greenhouse. Putting your equipment in boxes is ideal as unused equipment is inviting to unwanted pests.

Space Is Key

Make sure each plant or crop has enough room to grow; overcrowded plants will not grow successfully. Giving space and creating a floor plan will definitely benefit you and your gardening experience.

Seeds Seeds Seeds!

If you’re a beginner, we suggest you start off with seeds instead of seedlings or cuttings, due to the fact that not all of the seeds germinate. By using seeds, instead, it provides a good, healthy plant selection for you to begin with.

Easy To Grow Plants

Instead of starting off with the hard fruits and vegetables to grow, start off easy and simple until you get more knowledge about gardening. Try and grow things such as lettuce, basil and coleus as these are the easiest vegetable options.

Keeping Pests Away

Applying insect repellent around your greenhouse and keep outside plants away from your greenhouse so the pests on the outside plants are well away from your greenhouse. You should also complete your greenhouse gardening before your outside gardening so no pests will be transferred.

Greenhouse-Specific Plants

Try growing something that will only successfully grow in a greenhouse to add a unique aspect to your gardening. You could try a tropical flower or heat-loving vegetables, as this will definitely add interest in your gardening efforts and create an exciting gardening experience.

It’s easy to forget the basics when greenhouse gardening, but by following the above guide and ensuring you have everything ready, you can improve your greenhouse and your garden efforts.

So, is it better to plant in your garden or to use a greenhouse? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, but most gardeners will concentrate more of their effort on the greenhouse or the soil. When deciding whether to install a greenhouse or continue using your garden, consider the following points.

We’ll start off with the advantages and disadvantages of gardening outside.

Pros:

  • The plants and crops that are outside get direct sunlight and are right in the centre of the required light source.
  • There is no cost with having to ventilate your crops or make sure the temperature is correct and comfortable.

Cons:

  • You don’t get harvesting all year round, due to the fact your crops are out in the open throughout winter.
  • Your crops could be overwatered due to the rain.
  • The humidity and climate levels cannot be controlled, which could prevent your crops from growing.
  • Since the crops aren’t in enclosed areas, they are exposed to harmful weather and pests that may destroy them.
  • If you’re planting in a public place, the smell of your crops might be too strong for anyone who is in the area.

There are a lot more disadvantages to gardening and growing crops outside, even though it is the easiest and cheapest option for growing anything. But, greenhouses are another option for growing your crops and plants.

Here are a couple of advantages and disadvantages of using a greenhouse.

Pros:

  • You can grow anything all year round, due to the fact you can handle the temperature.
  • Save money on shopping by growing your own fruit and vegetables, instead of buying them.
  • Due to gardening in a greenhouse, you will be safe from harmful UV rays.
  • The enclosed area means that your crops are safe from pests and other animals.
  • Your crops will be sheltered from the harsh weather.
  • The light distribution is uniform, and this benefits all the crops in your greenhouse.

Cons:

  • There is added effort to gardening when you have a greenhouse, because most people opt to install ventilation and drainage systems.
  • The location is important for a greenhouse; it needs to be in the sun. People often make sure it is built on solid ground to keep it secure and safe from burrowing pests.
  • It isn’t as cheap as gardening outside. Not only is there the cost of the greenhouse itself but you may need to pay for drainage and ventilation systems, above ground planters, and other accessories that aren’t necessary when growing in the garden.
  • As you can see, there are fewer disadvantages than there are advantages when choosing a greenhouse over outdoor gardening.
  • We believe that growing your own fruit and vegetables is hugely beneficial to you as it is healthier and produces more nutritious produce than fruit and vegetables you buy in a shop. You can enjoy a steady supply of healthy options, which will help you create a more balanced diet. It is extremely rewarding to grow your own crops, and it also gives you the opportunity to pick up a new hobby.

If you’re thinking about investing in a greenhouse or you want to upgrade your current one, then Glazing Systems is the only place you need to go for all your greenhouse needs. You are guaranteed incredible results every time once you have the right materials and a little experience.

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